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Final round of IMI to begin on January 8 in Meghalaya

SHILLONG: while the Government is making its best efforts to protect the lives of children   from different diseases by vaccinating   children under the Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI), a large number of people in rural areas of the state   refused to vaccinate their children due to certain religious  beliefs.

As the State Government is facing the daunting challenge of   convincing people in rural areas that vaccination of children is for their benefit, the number of refusal pockets in the State does not seemed to be decreasing.

Now, the government is going to conduct the fourth and final round of Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI) from January 8   which would be held for seven working days in different places including   the districts of   East Jaintia Hills, East Khasi Hills, North Garo Hills, South West Garo Hills,  South West Khasi Hills,  West Khasi Hills,   West Jaintia Hills, West Garo Hills.

As per the statistics of the government, in the Round I, targeted children as per due list   was   18925 and the number of children vaccinated was 9400 with a coverage of about 50 per cent.

In the round 2, targeted children as per due list   was     13951 whereas the number of children vaccinated was   6259 with a coverage of 45 per cent

In the round 3, targeted children as per due list   was      12096 whereas the number of children vaccinated was   5248 with a coverage of   43 percent.

The State health department   and the National Health Mission in a press conference held here on Friday   requested all parents of children below 2 years   of age and    pregnant   woman who are hitherto unvaccinated or partially   vaccinated to come forward   and avail the services.

The officials of the health department said that immunization was one of the most cost effective   health interventions and it saved thousands of   lives by preventing diseases   that are not only   incurable but   which could even result in the death of the   affected children

Secretary of the Health department, Pravin Bakshi also downplayed the fears that children often get fever after vaccination saying its normal for children to have fever and this indicates that the medicine is working.

He also assured that vaccines were safe Under the 4th round, the Government has targeted to cover around 10,000 children in the state.


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